Caroline White

Welcome

Issue 3 – March 2016

At YHA we believe passionately in the good that can come from new adventures and fresh experiences, and this time of year — with the days continuing to get longer — is always an enjoyable one for exploring England and Wales.

I hope this new issue of #LiveMoreYHA will help you do precisely that. Part of the beauty of the UK is that no matter how many mountains you walk or how many cities you visit, there’s always something new to enjoy. In this edition we highlight some of the endless diversity that’s out there, from mountain-biking trails and medieval theatre to fell-running and indie music tours.

You’ll also find an interview with our inspirational new ambassador, Alex Staniforth, the young adventurer who twice attempted to summit Everest in his teens.

As an organisation, we’re deeply proud of how much we’ve modernised in recent times, but with many of our properties still boasting strong historical roots, we’re also using this issue to tell the stories behind some of the most remarkable hostels in the country.

We also take a look at the new YHA Cotswolds and highlight some of the unique meeting places on offer across the network. And if you’re after something for a rainy day, we have a guide to getting creative with your old OS maps (intended for kids young and old!).

Finally, by the time you read this, both England and Wales will be gearing up for football’s European Championship in France. Good luck to them both. If the trophy was awarded for natural beauty or potential for adventure, they’d surely both be among the favourites! Happy reading.

Happy reading.

Caroline Sig

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Welcome to #LiveMoreYHA Issue 3!

At YHA we believe passionately in the good that can come from new adventures and fresh experiences, and this time …

Cabin fever: Camping and Cabins

Who needs bricks and mortar? If you’re looking to get away from it all, we now offer a wide range …

Run free: RunYHA

Hostels provide the perfect places to relax after a long day on the trails. Just out of YHA Eastbourne I …

YHA Cotswolds: A new countryside hostel

The handsome Gloucestershire town of Cirencester welcomes a brand new hostel from April 2016 with the arrival of YHA Cotswolds. …

City sky capers: Go Ape

Attention all urban thrill-seekers. The newest Go Ape has now opened in London’s Battersea Park, and it raises the bar – literally – for …

Celebrity Q & A: Alex Staniforth

Meet Alex Staniforth, the inspirational young Cheshire adventurer who we’re delighted to welcome as YHA’s newest official ambassador. The 20-year-old …

Stepping Out: Hostellers’ Q & A

We spoke to three outdoor enthusiasts to get their thoughts on dorms, dinners and day-walks. Want to appear in the …

Manchester: Step On

Since the 1970s, Manchester’s music scene has continued to produce some of the world’s best bands. Ben Lerwill takes a …

Hostels with history

YHA has a hugely diverse range of hostels, some imbued with incredible histories. We look around eight properties with fascinating …

How to use old OS Maps, use outdoor apps and time your walks

How to make use of old OS Maps Mountains, to be fair, don’t move too often, but roads and buildings …

Gear: Cool stuff and Essentials

Scrubba Wash Bag Described as a pocket-sized washing machine, this clever little innovation can wash clothes in a matter of …

Drying Room: Readers’ pics and Tweets

1. Waking up at YHA Ennerdale – Amanda Kaim (above) 2. A beach at Dolgellau, 15 minutes from YHA Kings – Nadège …